Posted Dec 15, 2015
I had a doe Alpine goat who provided us with several years of kids. She was less of a pet and more of a homestead animal which was sometimes moved to the larger forest farming areas.
She was friendly except for when she had her kids then only did her friendly spunk disappear and was replaced by the protectiveness of motherhood. Its usually best to handle kids as little as possible or else the mothers will abandon the kid with an unfamiliar scent. Once the kids get older the mothers tend to not mind you touching them a lot.
She thrived very well in the summer conditions and on an island farm, was tough but fun yet sometimes stubborn and not easy to get them to do anything they don't feel to. It makes no sense in fighting with moving them, coaxing works better or you'll be out of breath and in the grass huffing for air with a goat that still refuses to be moved elsewhere.
And like all goats when its mating time, they get very aggressive and its best to stay out of their way as much as possible if you don't want to get accidentally bucked.